Newly-elected Tunisian parliament holds first session

Tunisia's new parliament held its inaugural session on Tuesday, a landmark in the country's often fraught transition to democracy since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring. Duration: 00:39 Dec 3, 2014

French MPs vote in favour of recognising Palestine

French lawmakers voted in favour of recognising Palestine as a state Tuesday, following similar moves in Britain and Spain that reflect growing European frustration with the stalled Middle East peace process. Duration: 00:48 Dec 3, 2014

Itinerant distillers keep taste for Armagnac alive

As the French distillation season gets underway, cellar masters often turn to itinerant distillers to transform their wine into brandy, one type produced by the same family for the last 110 years. Duration: 02:06 Dec 3, 2014

Costa Concordia captain takes the stand in shipwreck trial

Francesco Schettino, captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which sank off Italy in 2012 killing 32 people, is due to take the stand in a trial in which he is accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. Duration: 01:11 Dec 2, 2014

Pakistan hosts international defence expo

The Pakistani city of Karachi is hosting an International defence exhibition, with pride of place given to the home-grown JF-17 fighter jet. Duration: 00:55 Dec 2, 2014

Contaminated Water Making Life Difficult for People of PoK

Muzaffarabad, PoK, December 02, 2014: Despite being endowed with abundant water resources, PoK is plagued by an acute contamination of its water bodies leading to water shortages and other health issues. With natural sources drying up or being declared unfit for human use, many in capital Muzaffarabad have had to negotiate treacherous terrain to fetch water from far off areas. Many depend on the local administration for drinking water. But residents allege that in the light of no response from government the problem manifests, year after year. With 86 percent of water being declared unfit for consumption, the problem is becoming grave by the day. Water borne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid are common complaints among the local population. The Neelum Valley Project was intended to solve the problem of water scarcity in the Himalayan region, but much of the water harnessed here, has been diverted to the big cities of Pakistan. The erratic monsoons have led to a dip in the water table. The drainage from surrounding areas has polluted several lakes too. Locals say the water supply is infected by the sewer water. Dec 2, 2014

Japanese firms take lead in electronics and transportation technology

Tokyo, Dec 02 (ANI): A Japanese multinational provider of IT services and products, NEC, hosted the C and C User Forum and iEXPO 2014 at Tokyo International Forum recently. The two-day expo was attended by some 24,000 visitors. Under a new brand message "Orchestrating a brighter world" the annual event is designed for a deeper understanding of NEC's solutions for society. The exhibition showcased the latest NEC Group products and solutions, which are aimed at the realization of social values such as safety, security, efficiency, and equality that are essential for people in modern society. Visitors were introduced to around 100 exhibits and lectures on a wide array of solutions, experienced the leading-edge network and computing technologies, wide range of products, services, and know-how developed at NEC for many years. The NEC has been annually hosting the C and C User Forum and iEXPO for nearly 20 years. Since the establishment in 1899, the NEC has built a rich history of technological innovations, by continually offering better products and services both for Japan and the world. Dec 2, 2014

Government airlifts injured soldiers from Maoist attack spot in Sukma

Sukma, Dec 2 (ANI): The union government, on Tuesday (December 02), airlifted security personnel, who were injured during Maoist attack in central state of Chhattisgarh. Maoist guerrillas ambushed a paramilitary patrol in Chhattisgarh on Monday (December 01), killing 14 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men and injured other 12 in the biggest rebel attack this year, chief minister Raman Singh said. The attack took place in remote Sukma district, in the jungle of Chhattisgarh, where members of the CRPF had been sent to flush the rebels out of their base. The injured were admitted to a hospital in state capital Raipur. The Maoists seek the overthrow of the Indian state and have operated for decades across a wide swathe of central and eastern India. Dec 2, 2014